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Definition of Aberration

Aberration

  1. The act of wandering; deviation, especially from truth or moral rectitude, from the natural state, or from a type.
  2. A partial alienation of reason.
  3. A small periodical change of position in the stars and other heavenly bodies, due to the combined effect of the motion of light and the motion of the observer; called annual aberration, when the observer's motion is that of the earth in its orbit, and daily or diurnal aberration, when of the earth on its axis; amounting when greatest, in the former case, to 20.4'', and in the latter, to 0.3''. Planetary aberration is that due to the motion of light and the motion of the planet relative to the earth.
  4. The convergence to different foci, by a lens or mirror, of rays of light emanating from one and the same point, or the deviation of such rays from a single focus; called spherical aberration, when due to the spherical form of the lens or mirror, such form giving different foci for central and marginal rays; and chromatic aberration, when due to different refrangibilities of the colored rays of the spectrum, those of each color having a distinct focus.
  5. The passage of blood or other fluid into parts not appropriate for it.
  6. The producing of an unintended effect by the glancing of an instrument, as when a shot intended for A glances and strikes B.

Aberration Quotations

I'm very proud of being Italian-American, but people don't realize that the mafia is just this aberration. The real community is built on the working man, the guy who's the cop, the fireman, the truck driver, the bus driver.
Chazz Palminteri

What I have is P.H. positive chronic myeloid leukemia, which is an aberration in your white blood cells.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Stories about mental aberration and oddity only make sense in context. Just how do people live with someone who is peculiar, gifted, strange or alien? It's odd because there's a little part of me that wants to write about exotic, strange bizarre subjects. Instead, I've rather reluctantly realised that what I write about is families.
Mark Haddon

Blair's support for the Americans should not be seen as an aberration; on the contrary, it is closely linked to the main contours of New Labour policy. This has been a government that has majored on hyperbole, but in fact, from the outset it was hugely timid and cravenly orthodox.
Martin Jacques

Capitalism is not so much an aberration as a step on an evolutionary path, and one that contains within it some of the answers to its own contradictions.
Geoff Mulgan
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Aberration Translations

aberration in Afrikaans is fout
aberration in Danish is fejl, afvigelse
aberration in Dutch is aberratie, afwijking
aberration in Finnish is virhe
aberration in French is erreur
aberration in German is Verirrung {f}, Abbildungsfehler {m}
aberration in Norwegian is villfarelse, avvik
aberration in Swedish is villfarelse

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